Heartland In Studio

Inspired by Ken Burns, Aster Cafe launches country-music series February to June


Maygen Lacey press photo

The third Wednesday of the month for the next five months will be dedicated to live concerts by Minnesota musicians, playing country music organized by time period, roughly mirroring the popular PBS series by Burns. Maygen Lacey, one of the event organizers and performers, visited Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about this live series.

Ellis Delaney performs at Radio Heartland


Ellis Delaney press photo

Formerly known by the mononym Ellis, singer-songwriter Ellis Delaney is soon to release her 10th album, 'Ordinary Love.' In the run-up to the release, Ellis Delaney visited Radio Heartland to play songs from the new record.

Interview with Mandolin Orange


Mandolin Orange press photo

In town for a show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Mandolin Orange's Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz visited The Current for a conversation with Mike Pengra about what proved to be a meteoric year for the band, some of their side projects, the music of Bob Dylan, and what might be next for the Chapel Hill, N.C., outfit.

Taylor James Donskey peels back the layers on 'Paper Over It'


Singer-songwriter Taylor James Donskey

Taylor James Donskey is celebrating the release of his album, 'Paper Over It,' with a show at Icehouse in Minneapolis on Thursday, Jan. 16. Before the show, Donskey stopped at Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra and to spin some tracks from the album.

Pieta Brown and friends merge on 'Freeway'


Pieta Brown performs in The Current studio

For her latest album, 'Freeway,' Pieta Brown knew which musicians she wanted to work with and where she wanted to record. Gathering a number of accomplished players from Wisconsin and Minnesota, Brown recorded her new album at April Base in Wisconsin. On a recent visit to The Current, Brown and her friends performed some songs from the resulting album for a session heard on United States of Americana.

Hawktail perform music from their forthcoming album live at Radio Heartland


Hawktail in studio (frame capture)

Hawktail - an instrumental acoustic band comprising Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, Jordan Tice and Dominick Leslie - will release their second album, 'Formations,' in January 2020. They visited Radio Heartland to play a couple selections from the new record and also to play a piece from their debut release, 'Unless.'

Wild Ponies run free in the Radio Heartland studio


Wild Ponies perform at Radio Heartland

Doug and Telisha Williams are the Nashville duo Wild Ponies. They've been playing together since high school and still are heavy road warriors. They were in our area for a handful of gigs recently, and they brought their gear into our studio for a session.